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Congress Pushes Forward on FY18 Budget, But Lacks Consensus

With the September 30th deadline to fund the government looming large, House and Senate budget and appropriations leaders are pushing forward to complete their work. But, as of right now, it appears as if the gap between the House and Senate--and between Republicans and Democrats--is widening and compromise looks to be a long ways off.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 21, 2017


HIV Programs & Non-Defense Spending Under Attack as Appropriations Move Forward

With media coverage and public scrutiny increasingly focused on the GOP’s Senate health care bill and the various scandals plaguing the Trump administration, the flurry of activity around appropriations in the House has flown under the radar. However, as the recent release of the Labor, Health and Human Services Bill that zeros out the HHS Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative and eliminates crucial reproductive health programs has shown, HIV advocates absolutely must pay attention

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 14, 2017


FY 18 Budget Update: GOP Behind Schedule, But Moving Forward

While it may have taken a back seat to the intrigue of the American Health Care Act in the Senate, House Republicans spent much of the past week trying to get the ball rolling on the creation of a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that is already months behind schedule.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 23, 2017


A Confident GOP Gets A Late Start On Next Year’s Budget

With less than 4 months before the government runs out of money, the deadline is looming for Congress to finalize a budget. The likelihood that they will finalize all 12 appropriations bills by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1 is slim. Despite the slow process, the majority leadership in both the House and Senate remain optimistic that the appropriations process will be completed on time.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 16, 2017


With Deadlines Looming, Congressional Republicans Make Slow Progress on the Budget

Already well behind schedule in the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2018 and with a debt ceiling standoff looming on the horizon, will Congress be able to get their fiscal house in order on time or will Washington continue its habit of kicking the budgetary can down the road? And what will all of this uncertainty over the FY18 budget mean for health care and HIV funding?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 09, 2017


President’s 2018 Budget Threatens Access to Care and Quality of Life for People Living With HIV

On Tuesday May 23rd, President Trump’s first full budget request served as a disturbing reminder of the President’s true priorities: cutting taxes for the rich and bolstering war spending on the backs of low-income and underserved people. The budget also exemplifies the President’s lack of consistency and vision, with cuts to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that contradict his skinny budget’s assertion that HHS would, “fund the highest priorities, such as health services through community health centers and Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


With First Budget, President Trump Cuts a Gaping Hole in the Safety Net

During his campaign, Donald Trump vowed that he would not cut Medicaid, Medicare of Social Security if he were to become President. Now, in his first fully fleshed out budget since taking office, President Trump has gone back on his word and the some, espousing a reprehensible series of cuts to safety net programs and placing millions of Americans at tremendous risk.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


Expanded “Global Gag Rule” Threatens Global HIV/AIDS Progress

Under previous Republican administrations, the Mexico City Policy, or "Global Gag Rule", has been an extremely harmful, ideologically driven policy that withheld global health assistance for family planning programs to any foreign NGO that provides abortion services, counsels or refers clients to abortion services, or in any way advocates for laws permitting abortion. The Trump administration has multiplied the devastating impact of the Global Gag Rule 15-fold, expanding the funding ban to virtually all US global health assistance, placing the progress against the HIV epidemic in the developing world over a decade at risk.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


With 133 Days Until Current Government Funding Runs Out, Crafting FY 2018 Spending Begins

If all goes according to plan, President Trump’s FY 18 budget will be released on May 23rd. That document will detail the dramatic domestic cuts and $54 billion military boost the White House proposed in March. A president’s budget traditionally serves as a benchmark for lawmakers to begin to formulate spending bills for funding the government starting Oct. 1. We wait with baited breath for what President Trump’s budget will propose.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


As Congress Starts Work On A New Budget, Concerns Over Public Health Cuts Loom Large

What does the future of HIV funding look like in the next fiscal year? The short answer is that it’s difficult to tell at this early stage, but it doesn’t look good. With the Trump administration reportedly planning to make $800 billion in cuts to entitlement programs like Medicaid, HIV advocates need to prepare for a long battle over the FY18 budget.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 12, 2017

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